Schedule Rumors

Shortening the 82-game season won’t be the answer. Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that hasn’t been discussed, though he hopes other steps can help with what he said was the most important issue facing the league. “I’d say because there is no support right now, hard support, for a belief that simply reducing the number of games will reduce the number of injuries,” Silver said. “As best we understand the issue right now, it’s a function of spacing games. It’s not the totality of games.”
Shortening the 82-game season won’t be the answer. Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that hasn’t been discussed, though he hopes other steps can help with what he said was the most important issue facing the league. “I’d say because there is no support right now, hard support, for a belief that simply reducing the number of games will reduce the number of injuries,” Silver said. “As best we understand the issue right now, it’s a function of spacing games. It’s not the totality of games.”
So why can’t the NBA make a play for scarcity? With guys taking games off and teams tanking as the season progresses, why does the NBA insist on pretending its best players can be at their best 82 times before the playoffs? Is that really a business play? “The idea that the NFL would make more money with 82 games is absurd,” Morey said. “Shorter schedule increases the importance of each game, which drives TV ratings, which drives the lion’s share of money for most top pro leagues.” Morey believes the NBA would make more money in the long-term if it cut games from the schedule. The NFL faces diminishing returns because of the barbaric physicality of the sport. It chose 16 games.
3 weeks ago via ESPN
McFall thinks the league should look to trim the schedule to about 70 games as it rakes in money from TV deals. “There’s risk, but I see tremendous upside thinking differently about the way a season unfolds,” McFall said. “If the NBA can figure out a way to create a schedule with fewer games and find a way to weave the games into the fabric of society a bit more, then it will be able to charge higher prices for those fewer games. As it is now, the games land on different days throughout a week, and for the average fan, it’s too hard to keep track of a schedule that isn’t more fixed. The games can be more ritualistic, like the NFL or European soccer.”
3 weeks ago via ESPN